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about 1 month ago

Herald of Bak'laag: 500+ unfinished games
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
The changes to Roy were truly some of the best ones to hit any single character: still have more power than Marth, but kept how hard you hit? Make it so you can turn your neutral B to the left OR the right? Give you the most effective Up-B of all the FE characters (maybe second to Corrin)? Yeah, you might beat out Marth as my favorite character to play. Though in all fairness, I've been playing more Lucina than Marth.

It's funny that people considered Roy bad in Melee, given that he was still much better than Marth in really everything but speed. When I was younger, I'd play Melee over a friend's house all the time, and he was the only person I couldn't beat. I mained Marth, he mained Roy, and he always beat me, no matter what. Granted my only experience with the game at that time was just at their house, but still. I'd love to play him now and see if I've finally gotten better than him.

I'm glad you feel that way. If a game like Smash shines because of the single player, I think the company really needs to re-evaluate. I don't think it has to be bad, but it definitely shouldn't outclass the bread and butter of what that game was all about.

Ah, P5. I really need to sit down and dig into that, but the older I get (and thus, the more responsibilities) the less time I have to sink into a 120 hour RPG anymore. Which makes me sad, but I'm sure one day it'll change. Until then, I'll just hold onto it, and wait until Joker sees his debut on Smash Bros.
about 1 month ago (edited)

Herald of Bak'laag: 500+ unfinished games
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Interesting about your spirit load-out. I can't say I had the same problem, because nine times out of ten, I take spirits that are pretty universal. For example, I think for that final boss I took Celebi for the cheese auto-heals throughout the entire battle. Made things exponentially easier for me. And, it was something applicable to all three characters (though admittedly, I only needed one). I don't disagree with your sentiments on it, however. There is A LOT of vagueness in Adventure (and really around spirits themselves) that, as you said, make what could have been a great game/experience only good.

Swapping spirits manually was very tedious, which is why I often relied on the auto-assign for my spirits. I would find a general set that I wanted, and then tweak it for that particular fight, especially if it was a fight I was losing a lot. I'm sure changing characters would have helped too, but I wanted to beat through the entire mode with Marth once I received him, which is exactly what I did.

Again, agreed. It's far from a perfect game, but as far as Smash games go, it's my favorite solely for the fact that all of the characters are in one place, all of the stages are in one place, and I don't have to swap if I wanted to experience something from it that may not be present in it (popping in Melee for Roy, Brawl for Snake, or Sm4sh for Bayonetta/Cloud, for example).
about 1 month ago

Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
I'm doing alright. Glad to see you still playing!
about 1 month ago

Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
What's shitty is the best horses in the game are found in the Epilogue. So just save your money and go get yourself a Dutch Warmblood. They can be found in the wild, actually I found mine by just stealing it since there was no one around and this particular horse looked like she was owned by a gold digger. You CAN go ahead and tame that White Arabian horse up in the snowy mountains but that horse is VERY panicky in serious situations and will throw you off. Which is why I recommend the Dutch Warmblood, its a work horse and very sturdy on you.
about 1 month ago

Herald of Bak'laag: 500+ unfinished games
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
I think the thing that held the Adventure Mode together for me was the creativity that went into the Spirit battles. There's only 73 characters, each with eight palettes to choose from, and yet somehow they made that, coupled with their game modes and items match one of the 1300 spirits to choose from, and it was truly genius in some of them. There were a few that just had me go "wow, that's really awesome." I agree 100% though that sometimes, aside from the collector in me, the battle wasn't worth the reward, especially when 5-8 spirits have the exact same effect. I don't fully understand them all, either. Are the Primary Spirits with no abilities JUST for power? It's pretty convoluted, all things considered. I have no idea why it wasn't co-op, but it felt like a missed opportunity. I will say though, of everything, the final battle was incredibly rewarding and fun.

I was in a similar boat, but I intentionally changed spirits to match the power level. I didn't want to blow past the game mode (though with the length being as long as it was, I probably could have), and I didn't want to miss out on gaining at least the default rewards (which did help). It also helped with leveling the spirits up, especially for the ones that can be enhanced at 99. The training gym helps, but it's a slower process (about 2-6 hours for 1-2 star spirits, and anywhere from 18-24 hours for 3-4 star, assuming bonus leveling experience). I'd say nine times out of ten though, I hit the random button for my primary, and assigned supports accordingly.

Overall, I think the idea was great, just some real flaws with execution and time management. I think SE was a better length, maybe could do with being a bit longer, but without co-op, WoL starts to really feel like a drag about midway through, until the final boss. I'd be curious though to hear what non-completionists thought of WoL, since they wouldn't have been slogging through all 615 battles.

I will say though that Classic mode is near flawless. I miss the other bonus stages, and feel like they could have easily been a random pick when you play a bonus for each character, but the length, feel, and overall complexity of them are spot on.